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China extends anti-dumping duties on EU potato starch

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-02-05 17:17

BEIJING - China will extend anti-dumping duties on potato starch imported from the EU for another five years starting from Wednesday.

The duty rates will range from 12.6 percent to 56.7 percent, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Tuesday in an online statement.

The statement said there is a possibility of further dumping by EU producers and the Chinese domestic industry would be harmed if the duties were scrapped.

China first imposed anti-dumping duties on imported potato starch from the EU in 2007, with the duties lasting for five years.

After the duties expired, the MOC launched a review of its anti-dumping measures on February 3, 2012 at the request of the China Starch Industry Association.

Potato starch is widely used in the food industry to make industrial materials, such as emulsifiers, as well as food products, such as instant noodles.

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